Pablo Di Maria
The 2015-2016 wrestling season is not even close to starting and many head coaching changes have begun to commence all over the state of California. Here’s a few of the changes we have been informed of.
San Fernando HS (LA)
Out – Jesse Arana
In – Victor Solano
The Scoop – A product of San Fernando High, Victor, was the 2001 CIF-LA City Section champion at 119 pounds for the Tigers. As a coach, Victor was in charge of the Sylmar High wrestling team from 2009-2013. During his time at Sylmar High, he helped six wrestlers qualify to the CIF state tournament and placed second as a team in the 2011 CIF-LA Section tournament. This past season he was an assistant at San Fernando High where they finished fourth in their section tournament.
Palisades HS (LA)
Out – Randy Aguirre
In – Steve Cifonelli
The Scoop – After the tragic loss of their beloved coach Randy Aguirre, assistant coach Aldo Juliano began the hunt to find a new head coach for the Dolphins. After an intensive search that took almost half a year, Aldo was able to get Palisades High to hire Steve Cifonelli as the new head coach. Cifonelli is an experienced wrestler and coach that was inducted into the South Jersey Hall of Fame for coaching at Glassboro High. As a collegiate wrestler, Steve was a three-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Conference place winner and a 1982 NCAA Division I qualifier for Temple University.
Bloomington High (SS)
Out – Gabe Schaefer
In – Vince LaFarge
The Scoop – After a nine-year stint at Bloomington High that saw him win five CIF-SS Dual Meet championships and one CIF-SS Individual Tournament Championship, Gabe Schaefer, will be taking his expertise to Clovis High. But don’t worry Bruin Fans, Schaefer will be leaving the program in great hands in new head coach Vince LaFarge. From 2006-2015, LaFarge, was a co-head coach at Northview High. With the Vikings, LaFarge won seven CIF-SS Individual Tournament Championships, three Southern Section Titles and helped Northview finish fifth in the CIF State Tournament in 2006 (the highest place for any Viking boys team). Over the years, Vince helped a lot of individuals accomplish great things in the post-season. He helped 79 wrestlers place at the CIF-SS Individual Tournament, qualified 46 wrestlers to the CIF State Tournament and helped 10 of them to become place winners.
Edison HS (SS)
Out – Ray Camacho
In – Pete Escandon
The Scoop – A successful wrestler from the tough Central Section, Escandon was a state qualifier in 2005 for Clovis East High School. After graduating from Clovis East, Escandon went on to attend Fresno City, where he was a two-year standout for Paul Keysaw and the Rams.
Birmingham HS (LA)
Out – No One
In – Justin Cash
The Scoop – A native of the state of Tennessee, Justin, was a two-time state champion and three-time state finalist for Brentwood Academy. After graduating from high school, Justin attended the University of Maryland, where he was a 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference participant. His time in Maryland only lasted two years as he moved on to attend Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois. While at Rend Lake College, Cash won the 2013 National Junior College Tournament at 157 pounds. He will join the Birmingham Staff as an assistant coach to help improve the section as a whole.
Out – No One
In – Sarah Saenz
The Scoop – A former wrestler from San Fernando High, Sarah, started wrestling at the young age of 6-years old for the Tiger Wrestling Club. During her time at San Fernando High, Sarah won two consecutive state titles to earn a scholarship to King University in Tennessee. Injuries during high school and college cut Sarah’s collegiate career short. Despite that, she went back to her old stomping grounds and helped the San Fernando Lady Tigers win a couple of Los Angeles City Section titles. The Birmingham women’s wrestling team is definitely going to benefit from the hiring of Sarah.
Katja Osteen and Robert Paul Perez
Pablo Di Maria
The second leg of the ASICS Kids Greco-Roman National Triple Crown tournament concluded yesterday afternoon inside the Wisconsin Dells Arena in Wisconsin Dells, WI. A sum of 600 wrestlers competed in four divisions (Bantam, Intermediate, Novice and Schoolboy) to gain a coveted Greco-Roman National title.
Two wrestlers from the state of California captured National Titles in the Novice division, Robert Paul Perez (112 lbs.) and Katja Osteen at 140 pounds. Perez, a native of Long Beach, California, dominated his bracket with two technical falls (13-0 and 11-0) and a 26 second pin over a tough opponent from Iowa in Jared Voss in the finals to claim the National Title. Perez last loss was in June of 2012; since then, he has compiled a record of 35-0 and has won many regional and national championships along the way.
Osteen, a native of Simi Valley, California, didn’t allow a single point to be scored on her throughout the entire tournament in the 140-pound weight class. In the four matches that she competed, Osteen won two via a pin and two via a regular decision 5-0 and 6-0.
A total of 10 wrestlers from California traveled to Wisconsin to compete in the ASICS Kids tournament. Other place winners from California were, Joseph Ramirez (70 lbs.) 2nd in Bantam, Caiden Williford (75 lbs.) 4th in Intermediate, Clarence Moore (66 lbs.) 3rd in Novice, Ryan Franco (90 lbs.) 2nd in Schoolboy and Erich Osteen (75 lbs.) 5th in Schoolboy.
Art Basulto Former Cal Poly Wrestler
You can stop competing in wrestling, but you can’t never walk away from the sport of wrestling. Just ask a former Division I wrestler, Art Basulto. Basulto started his wrestling career at Arroyo Grande High School, which is situated near San Luis Obispo. As a high school wrestler, Basulto, captured the 2002 CIF California state tournament at 285 pounds. He was a two-time state finalist and a Southern Section Masters Champion in 2003. Besides being a great Folk Style wrestler, he was also a very skilled Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestler. He ended up as the runner-up in the 2003 USA Fargo Freestyle National Runner-up and was a 4X-Time Fargo All-American in the Cadet and Junior divisions.
Now, as college graduated and currently working on getting his Master’s Degree in Business, Basulto, will be teaching wrestling at Rounders MMA & Boxing starting July 2, 2015 at 4 pm on Mondays and Thursdays.
All types of wrestling skills are welcome.
Where: 1241 E Chestnut Ave Suite I, Santa Ana, California.
Phone #: 1 (174) 599-0826
Web Site: http://www.roundersmma.com/
Sariyah Jones (Enoch HS) ‘SJ’ and Aleeah Gould (Canyon HS) ‘SS’
By Pablo Di Maria
The United States will be sending 30 talented athletes to the UWW Cadet Pan American Championships from July 3-5 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Out of the 30 participants, two of them Sariyah Jones (46 kg.) and Aleeah Gould (49 kg.) are from the state of California.
Jones, a talented Freestyle wrestler not just in the state of California, but in the nation, placed 2nd in the always tough Body National Tournament in Irving, Texas, in May. With her runner-up performance, Jones, was selected to partake in the Pan American Championships; this will be Jones third time representing the United States as she has competed in two previous UWW Cadet World Championships.
Gould, which as well ended up as the runner-up in the Body Bar Tournament was also selected to take part in the Pan American Championships. Gould is a former Fargo All-American and was successful in winning the 2014 Southwest Kickoff Classic tournament.
In fact, Jones (Enoch HS) and Gould (Canyon HS) met in the finals of the 2015 CIF California state tournament at 106 pounds where Jones came out as the winner with a 5-1 victory.
UWW Cadets are 15-17-year-old athletes. The Pan American Championships includes nations from North, Central and South America.
Pan American Cadet Championships schedule
(Guadalajara time is the same as U.S. Central time)
Friday, July 3
Greco-Roman (all weight divisions)
10:00 a.m. – Preliminaries
7:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. – Finals
Saturday, July 4
Women’s freestyle (all weight divisions)
10:00 a.m. – Preliminaries
6:00 p.m. – Finals
Sunday, July 5
Men’s freestyle (all weight divisions)
10:00 a.m. – Preliminaries
6:00 p.m. – Finals
The Los Angeles (LA) City Section is committed to helping develop the sport of wrestling and with the helped of Beat The Streets, LA., they’re making this possible. Next season the LA City Section will field almost 30 schools participating in wrestling. Schools that are scheduled to participate in wrestling next season are the following:
Who: Sotomayor High School
Located: 2050 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Who: Los Angeles High School
Located: 4650 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Who: Huntington Park High School
Located: 6020 Miles Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255
Who: Marquez High School
Located: 6361 Cottage St, Huntington Park, CA 90255
Who: Verdugo Hills High School
Located: 10625 Plainview Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042
D.J. Lloren with the takedown on his opponent
By Pablo Di Maria
Team California Red went 3-1 in its final day of competition to claim third place at the Junior National Freestyle Duals on Saturday in Tulsa, Okla. California Red started the day out with two consecutive victories over Team Colorado 42-24 and Team Florida 46-18, before running into a brick wall in Team Ohio.
The match versus Team Ohio was a close one the entire meeting as both teams exchange leads back and forward. Going into the final two bouts, Team California were down by three points when Team Ohio brought out their top guys in James Handwerk (170 lbs.) and Ben Darmstadt at 182 pounds. Both Handwerk and Darmstadt won individual state titles this season in the state of Ohio. Handwerk pinned John Leal at 2:39 of their match, while Darmstadt pinned Roman Romero in 39 seconds to win the dual-meet for Team Ohio, 41-28.
The last dual-meet of the day was versus a young squad from Pennsylvania. California Red was able to win 12 out of the 15 contested matches to win, 51-17. Wrestlers that finished undefeated during the two days of the Freestyle portion of the tournament were – Randon Miranda (113 lbs.) 4-0, Jaden Enriquez (132/138 lbs.) 6-0, Jacob Thalin (160 lbs.) 6-0 and Davit Stepanyan at 195 pounds.
California Red (51) vs. Pennsylvania (17)
220 Christian Ayala (California Red) over Dymir Davis-Carruth (Pennsylvania) Dec 7-4 1
285 Jarrod Snyder (California Red) over Nick Carpenter (Pennsylvania) TF 10-0
100 Jacob Allen (California Red) over Nicholas Onea (Pennsylvania) TF 12-2 1
106 Nicholas Aguilar (California Red) over Ryan Green (Pennsylvania) Fall 1:36
113 Randon Miranda (California Red) over Gage Curry (Pennsylvania) Dec 9-9
120 Brandon Loperfido (Pennsylvania) over Brett Smith (California Red) TF 17-7
126 Devan Turner (California Red) over Matt Amy (Pennsylvania) TF 10-0 0
132 Enriquez Jaden (California Red) over Riley Palmer (Pennsylvania) TF 12-2 1
138 Carlos Herrera (California Red) over Luke Gardner (Pennsylvania) Dec 6-3
145 Patrick Munn (Pennsylvania) over Austin Duran (California Red) TF 18-8
152 Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania) over Jacob Bueno (California Red) TF 10-0
160 Jacob Thalin (California Red) over Unknown (Unattached) Forfeit
170 Ryan Cummings (California Red) over Unknown (Unattached) Forfeit
182 Roman Romero (California Red) over Unknown (Unattached) Forfeit
195 Danny Salas (California Red) over Arthur Aloian (Pennsylvania) TF 11-0